Melissa Cardinals team tennis routed Class 4A Pleasant Grove, 20-2, on Aug. 24 and dropped a 12-7 decision at 5A Princeton on Aug. 27. Melissa head coach Brad Crawford said he wasn’t bothered by his team’s 3-9 non-district record to date. “We played a tough August schedule in the brutal heat. Out of our nine losses, only three of them were to 4A teams. The other six were to strong 5A teams.”

The Cards are led by a large group of seniors including Sarah Keeton and Sierra Thomas on the girls’ side, and John Lewis, Jake Fowler, Zach Butterfield, Wilson Gustaveson and Noah Strickland for the boys.

“These are some of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached,” Crawford said. “I’m excited about our chances as we move in to district play.”

Melissa drew a bye for the first round of district play on Tuesday and will play one more non-district match versus 5A Forney before its district-opener at Anna, Sept. 10. Crawford noted that Krum was hurt by graduation and Whitesboro is a newcomer to the district, but Anna and Argyle are going to be tough.

“Last year, our district was the toughest one in the region,” he said, “with all four of our teams winning bi-district, area and making it to the regional quarterfinals. We hope to do the same this year and hopefully earn a trip to the regional tournament. It would mean defeating either Argyle or Anna and that’s a tall order for any team.”